Keys' Mummey Season in Doubt

Keys' Trent Mummey battling a hamstring injury that could sideline him remainder of season.

It has been an injury plagued season for Baltimore Orioles prospect and current Frederick Keys center-fielder Trent Mummey.

Mummey, 22, is in his first full season at the pro level and is currently having bad luck with a significant hamstring strain that has now sidelined him for a month. The injury occurred as he was tracking a fly ball in the outfield and heard a pop and could not move.

This is the first time that the former Auburn product has suffered a hamstring injury. It has been a long process one he hopes will come to an end soon.

"I just want to look forward to come back and have a successful second half," Mummey said. "I've had a pretty good year to this point and I feel confident at the plate.

The fourth round pick in 2010 is currently hitting .293 with a home run and ten RBI in only 15 games with Frederick this season. Mummey has been with the team since April 25 when he was called up from the low Class-A Delmarva Shorebirds.

The bad luck was not limited to the hamstring injury as he also suffered a concussion diving head first into the left-center wall that resulted in the paramedics rushing to the ball park; he missed a month.

Mummey did not travel with the team on their recent road trip to Lynchburg and Kinston. The team wanted him to stay back and rehab. The Jasper, Alabama native described what specifically he has done in order to help heal his injury.

"Basically I have done a lot of icing and stem," Mummey said. "It has been a really slow process and it has been frustrating."

The slow process has caused the outfield prospect to be extra careful with his hamstring and believes that it will benefit him in the long run to be patient.

"I just don't want to come back too early and make it worse," Mummey said. "I have had injuries all year and I don't want it lingering for the rest of this season into next year."

Keys manager Orlando Gomez is not as optimistic about the long term status of Mummey for the rest of the season. The skipper hopes to have him back but is not making any guarantees.

"At this point he is probably going to be out for a long time," Gomez said. "They have sent him to the doctors and he is more than day by day in his progress. It may be to the point where he doesn't return until the playoffs or worse miss the remainder of the season."

Doctors have not cleared him to do any baseball related activities and most likely wont until they can figure out when he can play and not re-aggravate the injury. Hamstrings are tricky to figure out whether they are fully healed.

The mental part of the injury is a tough aspect to get through and for Mummey the thought he says will always be in the back of his head at least until he can track down one of those fly balls in the outfield at full speed and not feel a pop or tweak.

Mummey experienced similar frustrations in his junior year of college when he broke his fibula before the season and missed a month and then injured a quad.

"It was definitely frustrating for me now going back to back years," Mummey said. "I never really had any injuries in the past. It is just a bunch of bad luck right now."

The first year player hopes to turn his luck around and return to the team in time to be an active contributor to the Keys' post season run. Frederick has already clinched the pennant after finishing with the best overall record in the Carolina League after the first half of the season.

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